Red wine can often be the perfect accompaniment to dinner, a special outing, or even a simple toast. However, it’s less-than perfect for your teeth. Due to its mix of acids and natural dyes, red wine can leave your teeth a bit discolored. Here’s the ultimate guide on how to get rid of, and prevent, red wine stains on your teeth.
To better understand how to remove red wine stains from teeth it’s important to learn how those stains happen in the first place. Red wine contains acids which can erode the tooth’s outer layer, also known as enamel. Plus, most red wines contain red pigments known as anthocyanins and tannins, a compound that helps those pigments stick to your smile. Fortunately, there are actions you can take to help keep your enamel intact and teeth pearly white.
There’s no need to forego a glass of red wine just to avoid tooth discoloration. With a few simple steps, you can help keep those red and purple colors from adhering to your smile as you sip away.
One of the easiest things to do is to brush your teeth before you start to enjoy that very first glass. This helps remove any plaque from your teeth that can attract stains. Consider choosing a whitening toothpaste that also works against acid erosion to better protect the tooth’s enamel. Crest Pro-Health Complete Protection Toothpaste gently whitens while offering 24-hour whole-mouth protection from plaque bacteria, cavities, and gingivitis.
You can also add in more stain-fighting reinforcements with a simple swish. Just rinse your mouth with an enamel strengthening mouthwash like Crest 3D White Diamond Strong. Its gentle foaming action safely whitens by removing surface stains while also strengthening weakened enamel for a brighter, more resilient smile.
Another trick to consider is adding a whitening pen to the mix. Not only does it just take one minute to apply, but you can also take it with you and use as needed from wherever, whenever. Plus, since there’s virtually no sensitivity in the award-winning Crest Whitening Emulsions formula, you know it’s safe for enamel while revealing whiter teeth—fast.
Once you’ve started on that first glass of red wine, there are additional things you can do to help keep your smile bright:
- Sip on water between drinks to better remove any stain-causing particles from tooth surfaces.
- Eat foods high in fiber, such as broccoli or spinach, to increase saliva production to further wash away any stains.
- Avoid mixing drinks especially white wine before red—the acid in white wines can further erode enamel allowing the pigments from the red to stick around even easier.
After you’re done and ready to call it a night, be sure to brush for 2 minutes and floss to further remove any leftover plaque or teeth-staining particles.
Similarly, to prevention, a good oral hygiene routine can help you get rid of any lingering red wine surface stains from your smile:
- Brush teeth 2X a day for the dentist-recommended 2 minutes with a whitening toothpaste that can help protect your gums and teeth while also removing surface stains.
- Consider switching to an electric toothbrush like Oral-B iO Series 9. It comes equipped with a whitening mode to better polish away surface stains while removing 100% more plaque than a regular manual brush.
- Floss at least once every day to further dislodge any leftover plaque or staining food particles.
- Use a whitening kit like Crest Whitening Emulsions Leave-on Teeth Whitening Kit with LED Light or Crest 3DWhitestrips with LED Light for professional whitening results right from the comfort of home.
In addition to adhering to a thorough oral hygiene routine, be sure to visit your dental professional every 6 months for checkups and cleanings to help keep your smile healthy and bright.